Zimmerman gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

Zimmerman gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

Zimmerman gets cortisone shot in right shoulder
BALTIMORE -- Ryan Zimmerman received a cortisone injection in his ailing right shoulder before Sunday's game, eliminating much of the soreness he had been feeling and allowing him to enjoy a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

After the 2-1 loss to the Orioles, manager Davey Johnson revealed that Zimmerman had gotten the shot prior to his first multihit game since June 8. Zimmerman said the shot was right on the AC joint in his right shoulder, which has been experiencing inflammation from bone-on-bone grinding.

"The doctor was here today, and we just decided that was going to be the best chance to continue to play and not have to miss any time," Zimmerman said. "It's not going to do anything to further injure my shoulder or anything like that, so there's no risk."

Zimmerman said the plan moving forward is for him to play through the pain with the aid of the shots. He added that he'll "definitely be fine" with this shot until the All-Star break, which begins on July 9.

"Hopefully, we won't have to do it again, but if we do, it was kind of a test trial and it worked out OK," Zimmerman said. "It's not something you want to get into a habit of doing, I guess you could say, but it's better than missing time."

Sunday's outing raised Zimmerman's batting average to .223, still significantly worse than his .284 career mark. Previously, Johnson had expressed concern over Zimmerman's health -- noting the veteran third baseman is unlikely to complain about his ailments even if they are affecting his performance -- but said he wouldn't consider moving him down in the lineup.

When asked if offseason surgery could be an option, Zimmerman acknowledged the possibility but said he had no idea if that would be necessary.

"If it continues to do this every few weeks, at the end of the year they can go in and take the little [bone] chips out. That's about as minor of a surgery as you can have, four to six weeks or something like that. So it wouldn't be a huge deal. But again, we obviously don't want to do that."